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Creatures of Light

Creatures of Light

On view March 26 – Aug. 14, 2016

Revel in the beauty and awe-inspiring science behind the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash, and flicker in Fernbank’s new special exhibition, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence.

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Explore the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards around the world to the alien-like deep-sea fishes and other fantastic creatures that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans.

Move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon.

Admission to Creatures of Light is included in the purchase of a Museum or Value Pass ticket; free for members.

Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, and The Field Museum, Chicago.